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post #1 of 12 Old 08-21-2012, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Sparkling gourami advise - help

I finally located a local source for sparkling gouramis. I have requested one male and 3 or 4 females - if possible. I know that is not going to happen as sexing is difficult so I will probably end up with 4-6 of unknown sexes.

They will be going into a 10 gallon heavily planted aquarium with bogwood. The pH is 7.6 which I know is high but the KH is 3; gH is 6. Other inhabitants are 3 otos and about 20 tiny to small cherry red shrimp.

Does anyone have any advice on keeping sparkling gouramis with this set up??? Could they possibly thrive?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-21-2012, 04:45 PM
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I don't see any real issues. The GH is low, and that is as important if not more-so than pH provided this is not extreme, and it isn't that here.

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Thanks Bryan, I want to make this little setup work really well. I appreciate your expertise and advise.
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Another question, I have what I would rate as medium lighting (one 15 watt t-T8 zoo med & the LED light that came with the Marineland lid) for the plants and I have read some info that these gouramis like LOW light, is this an issue?
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Another question, I have what I would rate as medium lighting (one 15 watt t-T8 zoo med & the LED light that came with the Marineland lid) for the plants and I have read some info that these gouramis like LOW light, is this an issue?
Most fish prefer less light over them, and floating plants usually work to achieve this provided the light isn't too intense to begin with.

I would consider a T8 tube over a 10g as sufficient. I don't know the LED light you mention, can that be removed? Or alternatively use the LED alone?

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I turn the LED on first in the morning when I get up. It is not very bright, then later in the morning the fluorescent light, which is on a timer, comes on. The LED has a moonlight setting too that I turn on in the evening for a while when the others are off. So I sort of have a stage from no light to low, to bright and back down. The Fluorescent mostly lights the front of the tank so I thought the plants in the back would benefit from the LED which is pretty small, but I could turn the LED off after the fluorescent comes on. I have some floating plants but they are not covering the entire aquarium surface yet. Maybe after they proliferate more it will be better for the fish.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-21-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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After re-reading your info on the sparkling gourami, will they try to eat all the baby red cherry shrimp if the shrimp breed?
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After re-reading your info on the sparkling gourami, will they try to eat all the baby red cherry shrimp if the shrimp breed?
Probably. Almost all fish will eat anything small enough to fit in its mouth, and crustaceans are a natural food for most fish.

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-22-2012, 11:46 AM
yeah sparklers are great baby shrimp hunters. At least mine were.

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-22-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Oh well, maybe some will survive by hiding in all the java moss. Thanks again.
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